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Master Bath New Home Trends | Apex Home Builders

Posted by Penn Hull on Wed, Nov 02, 2016 @ 14:11 PM

Apex Home Builders in the Triangle Parade of Homes 2016:

The Triangle Parade of Homes 2016 can be a great indicator for master bathrooms design trends.  New home and custom home builders in Apex entered homes into the Triangle Parade of Homes that represent what their homebuyers are asking for. 

So what's the latest trend for master suite layouts?  We've analyzed the data, and here's what we found:

Master Bath New Home Trends | Apex Home Builders


What's New in Master Bath Vanity Trends from Apex Home Builders?  Master bathroom vanities and sitting areas:

The most popular type of vanity layout was a traditional straight dual vanity.   Two additonal types of vanities featured in floor plans were split vanities and vanities with a seating area.

Master Bath New Home Trends | Apex Home Builders

1. Split Vanities - 14% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex Home Builders

  • 2 Apex New Homes in the Parade, or 14%, had a split vanity design. 

What's a split vanity? Here's a photo of an Apex new home with split vanity design. One vanity is on each wall of the bath layout:

Master Bath New Home Trends | Apex Home Builders


2. Vanities with a Seating Area - 7% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex Home Builders

  • 1 of 14 Apex new home entries, or 7%, had a seating area in the vanity.
  • Apex new home builders have had more requests for inclusion of a "make up" seating area in the Master Bath, between the two sink areas.  This is usually placed at a slightly lower height, to allow comfortable use with a standard stool or chair.  An open "window seat" style area can also be placed between the vanities, which allows separation of space.

Here's an example of what a seating area / make-up counter looks like in the master bath, from a Stanton Home in the Apex NC area:

Master Bath New Home Trends | Apex Home Builders

3. Wrap Around Vanities - 0 Parade of Homes Entries by Apex Home Builders

  • 0 of the 14 Apex new homes included wrap around vanities in the master bath.

4. Standard Vanities - 79% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex Home Builders

  • The remaining new homes included a straight vanity with two sinks, of varying lengths and with varying features (some homes featured drawers in the vanity cabinets while others did not, for instance).  
  • Here's a photo from one of the two Stanton Homes in the Triangle Parade of Homes, with a his and her "standard vanity" with two sinks and a center set of drawers:

Master Bath New Home Trends | Apex Home Builders


What does this mean for homebuyers in Apex NC?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  What kind of master bathroom floor plan are YOU looking for?

Check out hundreds of possibilities, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

Master Bath New Home Trends | Apex Home Builders


These custom homes are move-in ready, or nearly available, in Chatham County. Click the address for new home cost and more information:

Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

129 Brookhaven Way – 3358 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – New Home Under Construction


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Master Bath New Home Trends | Apex Home Builders 

This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Wake County new home market, though Parade of Homes can be representative of overall trends.  These statistics were derived by Penny Hull from public information about Parade of Homes entries, and are copyright Stanton Homes.  The statistics calculated above represent Parade of Homes entries in Wake County in Arcadia West, Colvin Park,Enclave at White Oak Creek, Hempstead at Beaver Creek, Madison at Evans Creek, Regency at White Oak Creek, Riley's Pond, Siena at Bella Casa, Stillwater, The Pines at Wake Crossing, The Townes at Bella Casa, Verona at Bella Casa new home communities.


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Top 6 Glass Entry Door Designs | Apex NC New Home Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 02, 2013 @ 06:07 AM

Apex NC New Home Design Tips

Stained Glass Entry Door Photo Gallery

An elegant glass entry door can make a welcoming statement, as the focal point on a well designed entrance to your Apex NC custom home.

Here are six popular entry door designs – with some tips on how to choose a glass design with the configuration, shape and size that will look exactly right on your new front door.

Glass Entry Door Photo #1: Classic with Full View


This Apex new home front door style contains classic features such as a full-length glass design, two side transoms, and an upper transom.

This glass door is specially designed to provide a classic blend of natural light and privacy.

It also added dimension:

The custom home designer extended the palate of color in the glass door's leaf design by coordinating it with shades of purple and grey in nearby craftsman style stone columns.

See a similar full-length glass door design in a version of the Cove - click here.

Glass Front Door Photo #2: Rustic old world 3/4 view

Front Door Style Ideas


The Apex NC area custom home entry door pictured to the left blends an "old world" style with modern appeal: 

 - External grille with wrought-iron encasement that swings open for easy window cleaning

 - Strategically selected "aged bronze" door hardware

 - "Cherrywood" stained wood door and sidelights frame that's designer-matched to decorative shingles and stone accents

 - Rustic lantern style porch light that spotlights the bold entrance and it's colorful influence

 - 3/4 view low-E textured glass that saves energy and adds a feeling of safety and security

For an even more dramatic statement, consider adding second sidelights for a wider foyer entrance.



Glass Entry Door Photo #3: Mixing styles and sizes

CountryManorDoorThis glass front door - pictured from a version of the Country Manor - takes advantage of the view, while adding artistry to the home's custom-drawn symetrical design.

This entry door style includes full length side transoms, an upper transom, and a 3/4 center transom with arched top.

The center arched piece was chosen to mirror arched stone porch and arched windows on each side











Glass Entry Door Photo #4: Classic 1/2 view

Front Door Style Ideas

The Apex NC custom home front door pictured to the right has a huge impact on the entry way, with two sidelights and an upper rectangular transom.

The squared-off door frame intentionally contrasts against the two story barrel vault in this custom home foyer.

The 1/2-view door incorporates several glass design and cutting techniques

 - Glue chip glass composes the bulk of the window area.

 - Each of the darker border areas pictured in this door are composed of an Alabaster glass style, to add character.





Glass Front Door Photo #5: Oval glass accent

Front Door Style IdeasGlass front doors can be economical and provide an air of practicality, when they contain just a touch of decorative glass.

The custom home front door pictured to the left features a specialty 3/4 oval view and two sidelightes with the simplicity of standard glass.

The impact of this front glass door becomes more dramatic when installed adjacent to first floor office French doors, as pictured here. The secondary doors were chosen to reflect the classic glass design in the front door sidelights, and extend a feeling of openness.




Glass Entry Door Photo #6: Window style



 A contemporary custom home can also benefit from a glass front door, like the example here.

Look at the way the front door influences the design of the entire home, through replication of its straight lines and light colors in the picture window above, the built-in bookcase in the adjoining room, the balusters in the overlook, and the chair rail and wainscoting beyond. Dramatic! 

 See more photos of this home - a version of the Carwile.





The entry door can set the tone for the entire home’s personality. Here are some things to keep in mind, when you make your choices:

Glass Front Door Styles | Types of Glass Front Doors

 - If you go with glass, make sure the bevel and design coordinate with the patterns of your surrounding walls, fabrics and furniture.

 - You can match your exterior and interior design through a dual color scheme. 

Stain or paint the exterior side of a door a different color than the interior side. A brighter, bolder statement can be made on the outside, while maintaining cool tones in the foyer.

 - How many windows are near the door?  You’ll want the shapes and styles to blend.

 - What materials does the door come in? Some products cannot be stained.

 - Do glass doors hamper privacy? Textured glass doors come in a "glass privacy range" - with more or less opacity.

Verify that the door you choose has the the right amount of opacity for your level of comfort.

At Stanton Homes, we make home design – including all your entrance options - EASY. We'll work with you to create the style you’re looking for – as part of your Apex NC area new home package.

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